In the Kyrgyz Republic, waste management has posed a great concern partly because of rapid urban population increase and poor waste management education. Past studies have shown that education for waste management can considerably contribute to reducing waste generation by inducing recycling. However, few studies have examined the link between environmental education at school and waste management in the Kyrgyz Republic. This paper argues that there is an urgent need to focus on waste management education among pupils and students in all levels of the education system. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to examine the level of awareness, knowledge and practices of students with regard to waste management at primary and secondary schools. To achieve this objective, the study conducted a questionnaire survey at these schools in Bishkek, the capital. The findings revealed that students from the sampled schools possessed inadequate knowledge and awareness about waste management. In addition, most of them were aware of waste problems within their school compounds but did not have sufficient knowledge about how these problems can be mitigated by, for example, sorting garbage. The study seeks to contribute to waste management policy improvement in the Bishkek area.
Ruslan Tashiev, The University of Tsukuba, Japan
Kenichi Matsui, The University of Tsukuba, Japan
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